During a recent visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I had the privilege of being part of the launching of an Emerging Leadership Network for Africa. This is a huge step in the right direction as I strongly believe the time for Africa to stand up and take its rightful place in the world of global missions has arrived.
Under the covering, leadership and guidance of the Movement for Africa National Initiatives (MANI), five of us gathered for three days to share stories from our own regions and our desire to see a more unified voice on the continent. On Saturday we had the opportunity to meet a group of younger leaders from Ethiopia and heard how they too desire a more unified platform from where they can be more effective in that which they are already doing.
Although much can be said on our time together, I thought it good to post a few comments made by these younger leaders as they viewed the way forward as an Emerging Leadership Generation (ELG).
Missional Leadership Training School
- One year of intensive training.
- Character, spiritual and personal development.
- Missional Leadership Development
- Biblical Entrepreneurship
- Bush Phase
- Multiple Outreaches
- Communal Living
We departed for the Bush Phase of our training program on the 13 April 2012, to a place called the Wolkberge. It is an isolated mountainous reserve near Tzaneen in the Limpopo region of South Africa. We spent the next 11 days, hiking through these misty mountains, from cold evenings to blazing hot days, hiking through nerve wrenching cliffs and along quiet mountain streams, through many challenges thorns and thistles. We got to experience the Amazing views, fresh air, pure water and soul searching opportunities that these Mountains had to offer.